On this, the 30th anniversary of a defining moment in British history and the strike – The Battle of Orgreave – immortalised by artist Jeremy Deller, author David Peace and poet Helen Mort. I’m sharing another offal recipe – Baked Stuffed Hearts. Why? Because the strike was full of passion and my novel, Public Battles, Private Wars, has been described by book blogger Tracy Terry at Pen and Paper as a novel with a big heart.
You will need:
4 calves hearts
Pork Sausage Stuffing
50g/2oz of butter
3 tablespoons of stock or water if you’ve no stock
Wash hearts well
Remove veins and fat. Dry thoroughly
Cut through centre divisions to make 1 cavity in each heart
Fill loosely with stuffing
Transfer to casserole dish
Dot with butter. Pour in stock water
Cook, tightly covered, in the centre of a moderate oven (160C/325F or Gas Mark 3) for an hour and a half
Continue to cook, uncovered, for a further 30 minutes (or until tender)
Serve with Creamed Potatoes, Brown Sauce and Redcurrant jelly.
On the 18th June 1984 striking miners clashed with riot police, many with shields and on horseback, in the fields outside the Orgreave coking plant in South Yorkshire. In 1991 South Yorkshire Police force paid out over half a million pounds in compensation to miners arrested during the struggle.